Jodhpur is also known as the Blue City, an apt name as most houses in the old city are shades of blue. This is particularly noticeable on the north side of the town, known as Brahmpuri for the many Brahmins that live there.The forts and palaces, temples and havelis, culture and tradition, spices and fabrics, colour and texture, a booming handicrafts industry, all add up to make this historic city worth a visit.
Tourists Attractions in Jodhpur :
Mehrangarh Fort: Dominates the city and is the largest fort in all Rajasthan. Founded in 1458 as the site of Rao Jodha's new capital — hence the name, Jodhpur — the city has grown around it, and in the 500 years that have passed the fort has never been taken by force. It's easy to see why: it occupies the entire top of a 150 m hill with commanding views all around, with some three kilometers of massive ramparts built around the edges. The name "Fort" belies the size of the complex, which houses the Maharaja's palace, several temples and, tucked away in the back, an extensive garden still farmed to this day. Highlights within the palace include:
Moti Mahal (Pearl Hall): Pearl-colored inside and decorated with colored glass windows, this is where the Maharaja held his audiences, with the five alcoves on the far wall allowing his queens to listen in.
Sheesh Mahal: (Mirror Hall) Just what the name says.
Phool Mahal: (Flower Hall). The most extravagant of them all, this was the Maharaja's pleasure chamber, for dancing girls and revelry.
Zenana Deodi: The inner sanctum of the palace once guarded by eunuchs, this is where the Maharaja's wives whiled away their days. The delicate sandstone screens and carvings are exquisite.
Chamunda Mataji Temple: Tucked away at the far end of the battlements, this temple is devoted to Rao Jodha's favorite goddess and remains a local favorite to this day. A number of people are employed here and there to add flavor by dressing in period costume and doing photogenic things like playing traditional instruments and smoke opium (yes, the real thing). Snap away, but they'll appreciate a tip if you do. The museum also includes galleries devoted to howdahs (elephant-mounted seats), palanquins, fine arts, weaponry, and the inevitable Turban Gallery.Entry to the fort is free each year on it's birthday (about the 12th of May), and is not as crowded as you would think. The fort is open daily from 09:00 to 17:00.
Umaid Bhawan Palace: Umaid Bhawan Palace is located at a distance of 2 km from Jodhpur city at the top of the hill. Umaid Bhawan palace was built by Maharaja Umaid Singh in 20th century. A part of the palace has now been converted into a hotel and a museum. Umaid Bhawan Palace was actually built with the purpose of giving employment to the people of Jodhpur during a long drawn famine. It is providing employment for more than 3,000 famine-stricken people. Another special feature of the palace is the use of a special type of sandstone, called Chittar sandstone, giving it a special appearance.
Jaswant Thada: 1 km downhill from Mehrangarh (easily walked - ignore the tuk tuk drivers who try to convince you otherwise, or lie about walking not being allowed). Royal cenotaphs built in marble, with a picturesque location next to a little lake. Jaswant Thada was built in 1899 by Sardar Singh in memory of Maharaja Jaswant Singh, the 33rd Rathore ruler of Jodhpur II. It is located north of the Mehrangarh Fort. This Thada is a royal cenotaph made up of white marble and built out of intricately carved sheets of marble. Royal crematorium and three other cenotaphs are also located at this place. On the cenotaph, there is a marble jali work. Jaswant Thada is an example of architectural brilliance in India.
Mandore Gardens: Mandore Gardens are located at a distance of 8 km from Jodhpur on Mandore road. Mandore Gardens are famous for their high rock terraces. In the gardens, there are chhatris (cenotaphs) of the Rathore rulers.
Khejarla Fort: located 85 km. from the main city. Situated in a rural setting, the 400 year old, Fort Khejarla offers guests an enlivening experience. The stunning red sandstone monument is an example of the Rajput architecture. The Fort offers picturesque settings, latticework friezes, and intricate Jharoka.
- Balsamand Lake - now converted to a resort
- Kailana Lake - a picnic spot and a main drinking water source for the city
- Ranisar Padamsar - Ranisar was made by Queen Jasmade Hadi, Rao Jodha's wife in 1459. Ranisar is situated near Fateh Pole in Mehrangarh.
- Gulab Sagar Lake -Gulab Sagar water storage was constructed by Gulab Rai in 1788.
- Baba Ramdev Temple, Masuria Hills.
- Ganesh Temple, Ratanada.
- Mahamandir Temple, Mahamandir Chauraha.
- Pal Balaji Temple, Pal Gaon.
- Santoshi Mata Temple, Lal Sagar.
- Isqkiya Gajanan Ji Temple, Juni Mandi.Old city.